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The coolest (and most realistic) paper airplane ever (pictures)

Luca Iaconi-Stewart's Boeing 777-300ER is made entirely from manila folders. He's been working on it since 2008, and now it's almost finished.

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Completed cabin

Since 2008, Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been working on a scale-model of a Boeing 777-300ER. Made out of manila folders. Though he took two years off during that time to go to college, the now 22-year-old has otherwise spent almost all his time on the project, which is finally nearing completion.

Measuring in at 48-inches by 48-inches by 12-inches, this would never be mistaken for a real plane. But take one look at the paper 777 and you can't help but be blown away by his craftsmanship.

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Front of the plane

One of the early pieces of the puzzle, this is the front section of the 777-300ER, minus the skin and the nose, of course.
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Business-class seat parts

Iaconi-Stewart built the entire model by hand, adding pieces bit by bit. This is a layout of parts of the plane's business-class seats.
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Cockpit

The cockpit in Luca Iaconi-Stewart's all-manila folder-scale model of a Boeing 777-300ER.
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Cabin door installation

A look at the installation of one of the plane's cabin doors.
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Seat on a finger

For perspective, this is a business class seat. On a finger. Although the plane's configuration varies from carrier to carrier, American Airlines flies the 777-300ER in a 386-passenger, four-class, six-cabin configuration.
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Economy class

Prior to Iaconi-Stewart installing these dozens of economy class seats in the model, they sit on a table ready for the fuselage.
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Bin and ceiling installation

This could be a real-life Boeing 777-300ER that's under construction -- though it would likely have a different color on the interior. But in fact, it's the interior of the fuselage of Luca Iaconi-Stewart's scale-model 777-300ER.
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Aft cargo door

The aft cargo door on the model plane.
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Fuselage painting

Iaconi-Stewart is outfitting his model plane with the livery of Air India, one of the carriers that flies the 777-300ER.
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Air India 777-300ER

Air India's real-life Boeing 777-300ER, in one of the airline's online photographs of the plane.
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Engine cowling

Although Iaconi-Stewart could have made the engine without paying attention to the its insides, he put a great deal of care into its cowling.
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Engine head-on

A look at one of the plane's engines, head-on.
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Engine thrust-reverser

The plane's engine thrust-reverser.
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Incomplete versus complete

One finished engine, and one that still needed a lot of work.
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Economy and business class seating

A cross-section of the plane shows how it has both economy- and business-class cabins.
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Cabin door, installed

A look at one of the plane's cabin doors, installed.
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Galley

How much food, and how many drinks could fit in a gallery the size of a finger?
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Nose landing gear

The scale-model plane's nose landing gear.
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Main landing gear tires

A set of tires meant for the plane's main landing gears.
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Tailfin

The manila-folder model plane's tailfin looks real, much like the rest of the aircraft.
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Tailcone and horizontal stabilizer

The plane's tail cone and horizontal stabilizer, prior to being put together with the rest of the fuselage.

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